Our long malas (prayer beads) are each hand-strung by Tibetan Buddhist nuns in India. They are made from materials such as semiprecious stones, sandalwood, bone and more.
They can be worn as a necklace or wrapped around your wrist. The malas are blessed by Tibetan Buddhist nuns in India. Most of the malas have tassels. By purchasing these malas, you are also helping to support the nuns with food, shelter, education and health care – something you can feel great about every time you use your mala.
For more about malas, their uses and significance, see our blog post on how to use Tibetan malas.
Mala beads vary in size (see below) so the mala’s size on the wrist will vary. Smaller beads will lead to a smaller mala.
Small Bead Malas:
Bead diameter: 6 – 7 mm
Full strand length: 20 – 26 inches
Medium Bead Malas:
Bead diameter: 7 – 9 mm
Full strand length: 27 – 32 inches
Large Bead Malas:
Bead diameter: 10 – 12 mm
Full strand length: 33 – 39 inches
Mala types and properties:
Amethyst is the stone of spirituality and contentment. It balances the energy of one’s intellectual, emotional, and physical bodies.
Garnet enhances internal fire and brings about creative power. It is helpful during feelings of abandonment and brings freshness to one’s life.
Jade assists in dream analysis and grants the user a long and fruitful life. It helps with the transition from this body to the spiritual world.
Lapis provides objectivity, clarity, and mental endurance during times of realizing emotions. It also helps with creativity, organization, and with easing depression.
Malachite creates an unobstructed path leading to a desired goal and helps the user accept responsibility for actions and circumstances.
Moonstone fosters balance, introspection, and reflection. It helps deal with emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual changes, and helps in recognizing “ups and downs”.
Pearl signifies faith, charity, and innocence. It enhances personal integrity, provides focus, and is used to increase fertility and ease childbirth.
Quartz amplifies body and thought energy. It also brings the energy of the stars to the body.
Rose quartz creates harmony and self-love during chaotic situations. It is the stone of gentle love and brings peace to relationships.
Sandstone builds and strengthens relationships and/or groups. It provides insight into deceit and encourages truth.
Tiger eye brings about clarity when dealing with scattered intellectual fragments. This stone is practical and grounding.
Turquoise heals the spirit with soothing energy and provides peace-of-mind. It holds both spiritual and protective properties, and balances the male and female aspects of one’s character.